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Living Green

Man-made luxury ‘island’ promotes sustainable living

Now the rich can go on a luxury cruise and be "green" too.

Austrian company Orsos Island G.m.b.H. would rather call its yacht a man-made "green" island enticing potential customers with the promise of home comfort and eco-friendly living.

The $6.5 million Orsos Island, featured on CNN, has 1,000 square meters of living space and six bedrooms spread on three floors. It can accommodate up to 12 persons.

The yacht can also generate its own renewable energy supply. It has 160 square meters of solar panels installed on its roof and wind generators that can come up with about 30 kilowatt-hours of electricity - the regular daily consumption of a household.

Any excess energy generated by the system is distributed to batteries.

The yacht uses seawater to provide other vital functions. It is built with a heat recovery system that uses sea water for heating and air-conditioning, and also has a desalination system that uses reverse osmosis to convert as much as 12,000 liters of seawater to drinking water.

The design phase of the yacht was finished over a month ago and the company is now in the production preparation phase. – EcoSeed Staff

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